Man Calls 911 For Taco Bell, Gets DUI Instead

Published: September 16, 2021

A Florida man was so drunk that a local Taco Bell restaurant refused to serve him, so he dialed 911. Terry Lynn Kimbel, who was doing the right thing by not driving due to his drunken status, decided he wanted to get something to eat. He would soon find out that the late hour restaurant only had its drive-through service open.

Kimbel walked up to the Taco Bell window for service, and the attendant would not serve him because he was not in a vehicle.

Here is the 911 call made by Kimbel, “It’s not an emergency. However, can you, can you put me through to dispatch? I’m at the Taco Bell, and I walked in, and I left my car on purpose, so I wouldn’t drink and drive. I walked up, they wouldn’t serve me. So, I’m at the Taco Bell at 137th and Walsingham and I just want some tacos. That’s it.”

The 911 operator asked, “What are the employees saying?”

Kimbel responded, “You can’t walk up, you’ve got to drive up. You got a get a DUI to get a taco. I got the munchies, and I walked a quarter-mile from here. Are you going to help me out or do I have to get arrested to get home? You know what I’m saying?”

The operator told Kimbal that the police were not going to be responsible for taking him home, Kimbel said, “I want you to call the manager at the Taco Bell.”

His call to police lasted about 11 minutes, he had explained to the operator why he called 911 in the first place, “When I get refused service for no reason, it T’s me off. So, I call you guys. Does that make sense?”

Kimbel was then arrested for misusing the 911 service when an officer arrived at the location. He was still on the phone with the operator before the arrest to give his exact location.

“Certainly calling 911 because you didn’t get your tacos is not something that would constitute an emergency,” said Largo police Lt. Mike Loux.

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